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Tuesday, October 28, 2003

MORE FREEDOM FRIES

From yesterday’s AP:

WASHINGTON Oct. 27 — President Bush on Monday blamed rising violence in Iraq on U.S. progress being made there, saying coalition successes are making insurgents more desperate.

Bush spoke only hours after bombings in postwar Baghdad killed dozens of people and after conferring at the White House with the top U.S. general and civilian official in Iraq.

"The more progress we make on the ground, the more free the Iraqis become, the more electricity that's available, the more jobs are available, the more kids that are going to school, the more desperate these killers become," Bush told reporters.

Bush, sitting next to Bremer in the Oval Office, said those who are continuing to engage in violence "can't stand the thought of a free society. They hate freedom. They love terror. They love to try to create fear and chaos."

(Hmmm.)

Coalition successes? Progress on the ground? With all due respect, sir, are you out of your mind?!

“No, he’s not. The Iraqis hate our success in Iraq.”
“Soldiers are getting killed everyday, suicide bombers are terrorizing central Baghdad…where’s the success?!”
“The Baghdad Burger King is now among the top FIVE FRANCHISES in the world. Some Iraqis hate that kind of success.”
“Huh?”
“Read this.”

October 28 – Baghdad.

Ansar Al-Habaj, a local restaurant owner, went into ‘a rage’ as soon as he found out that that the Baghdad BK was in the top five franchises worldwide.

“I can’t compete with that kind of success,” said Al-Habaj. “They are using non-union employees and a limited menu to keep their costs low. It’s going to put me out of business, and it makes me feel like blowing up the Red Cross or an Iraqi police station.” When asked about his next move, Al-Habaj told reporters that he was going to consult with his local cleric, but added that he was “very much interested” in learning more about American fast-food franchises, specifically Quiznos. “It is my opinion that Quiznos would be huge in Iraq. Maybe the Taco Bell/Pizza Hut combo thing. But if the Americans don’t give me the opportunity to open up my own fast-food restaurant, I’m gonna go postal on someone.”

“See? I told you.”
“But…the Burger King is just for the soldiers.”
“That’s why the Iraqis are upset. They can see the BK, they can smell the freedom, but they’re not quite there yet. And it makes them angry.”
“Oh, what’s the use?”
“Get on board, man. There’s gold in them thar hills.”

More later…

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